The promotional movie introduces Higashi Hiroshima City well-known as one of the 3 best Sake brewing areas in Japan. The movie shows us a tasteful townscape, exciting Sake events and local food such as Autumn Sake festival, Bishu-nabe hot pot and more!
Higashi Hiroshima City is located in the center of the prefecture which has a large difference in elevation between the seaside area and mountainous area. There are many basin areas in the city and the largest one is called Saijo basin. Higashi Hiroshima City is well-known as one of the 3 best Sake brewing areas in Japan. Since the city in located in basin, the temperature difference is extreme but it’s actually good for Sake brewing. However, the temperature on the seaside area is warmer.
Access to Higashi Hiroshima City
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 1h 20min from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport. 45 mins from Hiroshima Airport to Hiroshima station, then take the bullet train to Higashi Hiroshima station for 10 mins.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 3h 40 mins from Tokyo station to Fukuyama station by Nozomi bullet train.
35 mins from Fukuyama station to Higashi Hiroshima station by Kodama bullet train.
A must-see spot in Higashi Hiroshima City
Saijo Sakagura Dori Street
You can find Saijo Sakagura Dori street when you walk out from JR Saijo station. It used to be an important place on Saigoku kaido, which has developed as a post- town called Saijo Yokkaichi where government officials from Edo Bakufu stayed. It’s the perfect street for strolling, with many nice and old nostalgic buildings to see. There are still 7 breweries on the street so you can taste the different flavors of Sake.
A must-eat dish in Higashi Hiroshima city
Bishu nabe , the hot pot dish with pork, chicken and vegetable, has been loved by local people for a long time. It used to be originally a meal for brewers. The flavor is simply salt and pepper because brewers needed stay sensitive to do sake tasting.
A must-buy souvenir in Higashi Hiroshima city
Bottle shaped wafer filled with bean paste
A sake bottle shaped wafer uniquely coming from the drinking place Saijyo. The red bean paste inside the wafer includes Sake lees from Daiginjo-shu and Ginjyo-shu, mixed with white bean paste that includes Saijyou-shu. The wafer is made with Hiroshima produced rice. Each wafer is wrapped in the sake brewers original wrapping paper. Those who usually cannot drink Sake and even kids can enjoy this special sweet.
Why don’t you visit Higashi Hiroshima city which is known as the great Sake brewing city.
「Hiroshima Kanko Navi」Hiroshima Prefecture official tourism information site.